This collection consists of poetry,
prose, and lyrics written by Robert M. "Bobby" Petersen, along with some supporting
material: notes, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera.
Robert McLane Petersen (1936-1987) was a poet best known for the four lyrics he wrote for
the Grateful Dead: "New Potato Caboose," "Pride of Cucamonga," "Unbroken Chain," and
"Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues." Born in Klamath Falls, OR, Petersen moved to Sacramento,
CA, as a boy. He attended the College of San Mateo, where he became friends with Phil Lesh,
and was an active participant in the Palo Alto/peninsula post-Beat bohemian scene in which
the Grateful Dead emerged. He married Cecilia Jane Adams in 1962; they had one child,
Didrik, born in 1964.
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Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by Didrik Petersen and administered by
Alan Trist. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by
fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright
owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the
The collection is open for research.